In a proposed Airworthiness Directive, the FAA says certain Honeywell mode-S transponders erroneously go into standby mode if the crew takes longer than five seconds to change codes when using the rotary knob of the radio management unit. The AD would require modifying or replacing transponders on certain com units.
Aviation International News » June 2006
Starting with a session on June 7 in Anchorage, Alaska, the FAA has scheduled more briefings on its proposed guidance policy on air carrier operational control. FAA officials will meet with charter companies to discuss this issue and the agency’s planned new charter Operations Specifications A008.
The FAA last month revoked the Part 135 air carrier operating certificate of American Air Network (AAN) of Chesterfield, Mo. The agency said it determined that AAN permitted flights for hire to be conducted on its air carrier certificate but allowed individuals who did not hold an air carrier certificate to have operational control of those flights.
Unless the FAA makes a last-minute change to the timetable, pilots have until June 6 to comply with a new second-in-command (SIC) type-rating rule. The rule requires pilots serving as second-in-command to have an SIC type rating when flying to international destinations (see FAR Parts 61.5 and 61.55).
The FAA recently received several requests for interpretation of FAR 135.263(d) and 135.267(b), (d) and (e).
Business aviation dodged two bullets last month when Congress struck two provisions from the Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005 that would have expanded limitations on entertainment use of business aircraft to all employees–rather than just senior executives–and substantially increased taxes for any personal use of a company airplane.
The lawsuit in which former Sino Swearingen president and CEO Carl Chen is suing the company for breach of contract and other alleged wrongdoings is scheduled to go to trial January 8 next year. Former senior v-p of marketing Gene Comfort has filed similar wrongful termination charges against the company.
New York Jet Corporate Flight Center at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., is celebrating its 60th year as an FBO. Recent changes include a renovated flight-planning room and new kitchen and a 35-foot glass-atrium reception area. Pilot amenities include wireless Internet access, Cadillac crew cars, satellite television
and a refreshment lounge.
Cutter Aviation is offering a free (one-time) aircraft detailing or wash to every customer who taxis into its Phoenix FBO headquarters. No purchase is necessary. “We want to demonstrate our appreciation to our current and future Phoenix customers,” said Will Cutter, president and CEO. In 2008, Cutter will celebrate its 80th year.
Airbus airline and corporate jet versions of the A319 and A320, as well as the A321, recently received FAA approval for 180-minute extended-range commercial operations (ETOPS). These aircraft received ETOPS approval from the EASA in March 2004. FAA and EASA approvals for corporate and airline versions of the A318 are expected in the second half of this year. Boeing received FAA approval for ETOPS on the basic BBJ